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Joliet’s Book and Bean Café to host storytelling

Charles R. Murray Sr., a customer at Book and Bean Café in Joliet, will host "True Story" on Feb. 22 in the cafe. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.
Charles R. Murray Sr., a customer at Book and Bean Café in Joliet, will host "True Story" on Feb. 22 in the cafe. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

JOLIET – Book and Bean Café in Joliet, known for its art classes and events, is bringing a new type of art to Joliet.

Life storytelling, unscripted, without notes.

During “True Story” on Feb. 22, half a dozen storytellers will take turns sharing a true personal account from their lives to attendees. Each storyteller must relate the story in an engaging way and speak for three to five minutes.

It’s a different form of entertainment than performing a role in a play or reading from an original composition.

Tammy Hudson-Duckworth, owner of Book and Bean Cafe, likens the event to The Moth Radio Hour and said other communities already host storytelling events. Bringing a similar event to Book and Bean has been on Hudson-Duckworth’s wish list for some time.

“We want to showcase people who are good storytellers,” Hudson-Duckworth said. “I just think it will be a lot of fun.”

She, along with Book and Bean customer Charles R. Murray Sr. (who is hosting the all-age event) invited the storytellers for the inaugural event. If “True Story” goes well, Hudson-Duckworth would like to host others and invite community members to share their stories, too.

“We’d draw their names from a hat,” Hudson-Duckworth said.

Future events might even include guest judges, too, she added.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: “True Story”

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22

WHERE: Book and Bean Café 3395 Black Road, Joliet

ETC: Hosted by Charles R. Murray Sr. Admission is free.

INFORMATION: 815-725-8859 or visit Book and Bean Cafe on Facebook

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